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Poster: Aubhall Date: Jun 5, 2005 9:25pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: John Wayne Copyright

Got my hands on a couple of cheap John Wayne dvd's the other days of his films from the 30's.

Does anyone know how I can find out if they are public domain?

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Poster: placeboKatz Date: Jun 5, 2005 11:57pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: John Wayne Copyright

this might be a starting point


not sure how reliable this source is

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Poster: akb Date: Jun 6, 2005 10:59pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: John Wayne Copyright

I don't believe there are any sources on the Internet that will authoritatively tell you if a movie is in the public domain. There are many public domain footage sites and many catalogs of really cheap DVDs which are probably right most of the time but wrong some of the time. There is the Copyright Office's database, which will tell you if something has been renewed for works made after about 1950 (thus renewed after 1978). Their db only contains records back to about that time, so are of limited use.

Skip (who uploaded most of the films in the Feature Film section) has access to "the Superlist" which is an expensive trade publication where someone tracked down many renewals for films and has offered to look up movies for people. His email address is skipeatmindspringcom.

FYI, the Superlist is generally regarded as a starting place for a copyright search, as there are music rights story rights, and other 3rd party material to consider. Beyond that there are "restored" versions of films which may be copyrightable. AFAIK consulting the Superlist has been considered "good enough" for the Archive.

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This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2005-06-07 05:59:50